High Density Planning To Save Energy
May 14th, 2006
“The long-term solution [to high energy costs] in this country, which nobody wants to hear, is to use an awful lot less energy and to get away from fossil fuels,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his weekly radio adress on WABC-AM.
Bloomberg’s energy task force last published a report in January 2004 (pdf format).
The notion was also supported by the city’s Office of Environmental Coordination in a report (pdf format) issued this January. High density concentration, mixed with the city’s transportation system, “provide many advantages in terms of New Yorkís energy use,” it said. But they also note that, “Although high-density urban living often allows residents of cities to consume less energy on a per capita basis, it is important to recognize that urbanization plays a key role in stimulating aggregate energy consumption.”
Frank Braconi, formerly the executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Center and now the mayor’s chief economic advisor, recently called on the city to develop at higher densities to handle the forecasted population growth.
One reader on Oil Drum calls the mayor’s planning “piece meal”, and points to London’s Spatial Development Strategy, which we wrote about here, suggesting it as a model for New York City. The London Plan “articulates a coherent, long-term vision that says where development should occur, and what it should look like.”
In his 2006 State of the City address , Bloomberg announced a five-borough Strategic Land Use plan, which will coordinate housing, transportation, energy, and infrastructure planning. It was scheduled for release in April, but has yet to be published.By Mike Muller on May 14, 2006, 11:43 pm
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